Today at AMD’s “New Era of PC Gaming” presentation, AMD Marketing Direct Chris Hook took the stage to debut a somewhat small form factor PC that AMD developed in-house called ‘Project Quantum.’ AMD set out to build a PC that was all about performance, power, power efficiency and wanted to show off what is possible thanks to the new small form factor Fiji GPUs that AMD will be using on the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury and R9 Nano graphics cards that will all be released this summer.
AMD believes that Project Nano will be a welcomed by the PC gaming as it features a dual-GPU Fiji GPU card inside. The prototype system on display today is using a regular Mini-ITX motherboard and there are no other proprietary components inside the custom chassis. Assuming that all 4096 Stream Processors are enabled this box will be a DirectX 12, Virtual Reality and 4K gaming beast!
AMD isn’t announcing any product names or specifications, but they did say that the water cooled card was 9-inches long. That is impressive considering the air cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury is around ten inches long! AMD made it clear that by moving over to HBM on their GPUs that they have opened the door to making smaller form factors a reality and this is the proof. The AMD Fiji dual-GPU card will be released in the fall of 2015.
The systems that are running here at the show have an Intel X97 motherboard with a Core i7-4790K processor and Radeon R9 Fury X2 dual-GPU card that is located on the bottom of the system. AMD informed us that the waterblock that cools the CPU and GPUs in the custom open loop cooling system is a one piece dual sided design. This means that the waterblock sits in-between the CPU and GPUs and then water tubing routes the coolant up into the upper half of the chassis that contains the radiator and water reservoir.